Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 8:00am

5TtRT: Free speech, Meltdown & Spectre patches, Russian embassy money, Donald Trump & social media stars

Herbert Hoover

“It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own.” – Herbert Hoover

If you only read one article today, make it the Buzzfeed article. That’s a pretty interesting story, there.

5 Things to Read Today (1/17/18)

Wired: It’s the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech
“But today that playbook is all but obsolete. Whose throat do you squeeze when anyone can set up a Twitter account in seconds, and when almost any event is recorded by smartphone-­wielding mem­­bers of the public?”

ComputerWorld: Microsoft’s mystifying Meltdown/Spectre patches for AMD processors
“I’ve seen a lot of bizarre Microsoft patches-of-patches, but the new patches for AMD processors are in a world of their own. The security-only, manually downloadable patches appear to be Meltdown/Spectre patches for machines that were bricked by other bad patches, earlier this month, but they’ve arrived with no instructions — and a strange circular logic.”

Buzzfeed News: Investigators Are Scrutinizing Newly Uncovered Payments By The Russian Embassy
“US authorities are poring over hundreds of newly uncovered payments from Russian diplomatic accounts. Among them are transactions by former ambassador Sergey Kislyak 10 days after the 2016 presidential election and a blocked $150,000 cash withdrawal five days after the inauguration.”

Vox: Donald Trump’s terrifying plan to win the 2018 midterms
“Is Donald Trump hoping foreign terrorists attack the United States? That terrifying question is subtly embedded in a story this weekend reported by Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey, and Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post on the Republican Party’s growing alarm about the upcoming 2018 midterms.”

The Atlantic: Raising a Social-Media Star
“The parents of teen internet celebrities get a crash course in a new kind of fame while trying to maintain boundaries for their newly rich and powerful children.”

Daily Cute: Floof!

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